zaterdag 14 augustus 2010

Project Asrai

Part 1

So, time to get back to the roots...

For the first time since 4th edition, I bought the Warhammer rulebook. At 60 euros for a 500+ hardcover full colour monstrosity, this is a great value for money buy in wargame rules land. And as an added (BIG) bonus, if you have an annoying, ruleslawyering opponent or bystander, one smack with the book should be knocking those out stonecold for several hours.
On a sidenote, according to the fine weight scale at work she weighs a hefty 2 kilos and 205 grams...

More and more lately I`ve been pondering returning to the Warhammer game, after a break of many years. This came due to the highly competitive sort of gaming the tournament scene seemed to indulge into casual games, as everyone (including myself)kept searching for the unstoppable killer combo.
Since then, I tried playing various other games for more of a storyline gaming style, but to shame had to find out that most people just don`t care for that, they want to haul the victory at all costs by mixing and maxing rules and lists in such a way that they almost shatter beyond repair. I can give a heap of examples, but ain`t gonna do that for now, they`ll make great quotes at the bar instead, just to say it ain`t worth my paint time in those things anymore.
Guess it`s a bit of human nature, and perfectly normal, so heck, I might better start returning to GW then, at least there you KNOW that the game is build to be competitive.

But, enough for a rant of a wargamer, on with...

Project Asrai

I recently (aka, last week) discovered a piece of pure nostalgia in my garage. My very first Warhammer army (hell, I must`ve been around 14 - 15 years old when I bought those figures), namely Wood Elves.
From an era where their army list was 2 pages long, included things like Skarloc and the Beastmasters with their pet animals, and War Dancers could lock combats indefinitly (even with Nagash if needed back then) these blokes looked... well... downright terrible.

Years of neglect in a moist garage, suffering through 3 house moves in a shabby cardboard box didn`t do the paintjob any good. That is, if the colour splatching on them can even be called a paintjob, `undercoat` and `varnishing` where big unknown terms back then in a pre-internet era.

Over the comming weeks and months, I`m going to be restoring them to `today game` standards, being a slow painter (I paint units on 2 models a time basis...) and having to conclude several other projects, my aim to have about a 1000 points restored is around the New Year, to have the whole 5000 points redone... who knows.

As an apetizer, the first three models I reworked, along some of how they came out of the box...

3 opmerkingen:

  1. 5000 points of old school woodelves. Nice you going to include some new models too. The current range is pretty nice. Back in 4th Edition Wood Elves were mostly metal, which is good for stripping paint, but expensive back in the day and possibly more so now.

    I fielded an all metal daemon army when I came out of Warhammer retirement for 8th Edition...

  2. I`m going to have to field newer models in any case, back then things like Dryads, Treekin and Wild Riders weren`t even on the horizon, so my local FLGS is going to have a field day with my wallet ;)

  3. Yeah, those are new troop types, but no one says you have to use them. ;-) Skaven got a pile of new stuff since 4th Edition. Orks and Goblins not so much, supposedly that is set to change next army list.